About the project

Magna Carta: My Digital Rights is an international schools' programme inviting young people across the UK and overseas to consider their rights and responsibilities online. This project has been jointly conceived by the World Wide Web Foundation, British Library, Southbank Centre and British Council as part of a collaborative programme to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. 

Exploring topics such as free speech, censorship, cyberbullying and surveillance, the project provides teachers with a range of lessons plans, films, commentaries and collection items for use by Secondary and FE students. Resources support students to develop the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, as they become more informed citizens who understand the roles of law, justice and liberty.
Today you can view our Magna Carta for the digital age, showcasing the thoughts of young people in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the rise of IS and the legacy of Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks. On 15 June 2015, the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, we unveiled the top 10 clauses as voted for by the public. 

Schools can continue to make use of these fantastic resources as the debate around digital rights and responsibilities evolves in the wake of developments in technology and political events around the world.

Magna Carta: My Digital Rights has been awarded the Association of Citizenship Teaching Quality Mark for Citizenship resources.

Further supporting lesson plans are available on the British Council’s website.

For more information on the history of Magna Carta and how it shaped the world visit our website.

Our major exhibition Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy will run from 13 March – 1 September 2015.